- to turn aside or from a path or course; deflect.
- British. to route (traffic) on a detour.
- to draw off to a different course, purpose, etc.
- to distract from serious occupation; entertain or amuse.
- to turn aside; veer: It is sad to see so much talent divert to trivial occupations.
Origin of divert
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Examples from the Web for diverter
Diversion of water from an irrigation ditch in which the diverter has no interest is not a very serious offense.Ifugao Law
R. F. Burton
Edna Hill developed new resources as an encourager, a diverter, and an unfailing optimist in regard to the outcome.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
- to turn (a person or thing) aside from a course; deflect
- (tr) to entertain; amuse
- (tr) to distract the attention of
Word Origin and History for diverter
early 15c., from Middle French divertir (14c.), from Latin divertere "to turn in different directions," blended with devertere "turn aside," from dis- "aside" and de- "from" + vertere "to turn" (see versus). Related: Diverted; diverting.